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Kerala – the best spices market

Whenever you are planning for a long and relaxed holiday, the most important thing that makes it wonderful is surely the food. If you are looking forward to great cooking, it makes good sense to plan ahead. Now, as we all know, no good cooking happens without great spices. One of the best ways to […]

Star Anise

Star Anise is the fruit of a small oriental tree with tough skin and rust colour. Liquorice flavored with strong pungent smell, star anise is available dried as whole or ground to a reddish brown powder. Its medicinal properties include relief from flatulence, colic and rheumatism. High quality Star Anise is available in online at […]

Nutmeg & Mace

Nutmeg and mace are obtained from Myristica Fragrans. It is mainly cultivated in Central Kerala. It is nutty, and slightly sweet flavor and aroma make nutmeg the baker’s favorite spice. Nutmeg has extensive medicinal properties. Nutmeg is widely used in cooking there s only a small quantity is required to make soups, meat gravies, beef stew, […]

Tamarind

Scientific Name: Garcinia Cambogia   Also known as ‘Indian dates’ and locally referred to as ‘Kudampuli’, Tamarind trees (Cambodge)  thrive in tropical climate. It is an important ingredient in Asian and Latin American dishes. With its slightly astringent and sour taste, tamarind is often substituted for tomato in South Indian dishes. Tamarind has refrigerant properties […]

Turmeric

Turmeric, an ancient spice primarily cultivated in India,  is used in dried or powdered form and is derived from fingers extended from root. It has tough brown skin and bright orange flesh upon harvest and is boiled or steamed and dried to lend it the characteristic yellow colour. Turmeric has a warm and aromatic flavor […]

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most valued spices and is native to India. Derived from tuberous root, ginger is usually cleaned and dried and lends a fiery and pungent flavor. It is widely cultivated in Kerala and is grown in every season of the year. The variety of Ginger cultivated in Kerala, termed as Cochin […]

cassia cinnamon

Cinnamon / Cassia

Scientific Name: Cinnamon Zeylanicum Cinnamon is an important ingredient of Kerala cuisine. This spice which gives special rich flavor to dishes is obtained by drying the bark of the tropical evergreen tree, which is then packed in bundles. The leaves and twigs of the tree are used for oil extraction through distillation. Cultivation of cinnamon […]

Clove

Scientific Name: Eugenia Caryophyllus Clove is the oldest spice in the world and with its sweet pungent and strongly aromatic flavor, is indigenous to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Clove was introduced in India by British in 1800 A.D. and was initially cultivated in South Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Clove, referred to as “Grambu” in […]

Cardamom

Scientific Name: Elletteria Cardamom Fondly called the “Queen of Spices”, cardamom is one of the most highly priced spices. The best variety of cardamom is found in India and is grown on the slants of Western Ghats in Kerala, possessing a special flavor and scintillating aroma. Cardamom has a warm, eucayptine and lemony undertone and […]

Pepper

One of the earliest known and most widely used spices, pepper, the “King of Spices”,  is indigenous to Kerala and was exported in large quantities from the beginning of the historical spice trade. Pepper was more expensive than gold in olden days and was globally accepted as a symbol of wealth, affluence and luxury. Pepper […]

Spice Garden of India

India has been renowned as Asia’s spice hub from the ancient times.  Indian spices were the most sought after and were valuable even more than gold, as they were more difficult to procure. Thus, India exercised total monopoly over spices in the ancient period. India’s trade in spices is coloured with a larger-than -life succession […]

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